Three Middlesex University teams have bagged medals and been named as the UK’s most talented in their field in the finals of the WorldSkills UK National Competitions at ‘The Skills Show’.
Middlesex students Calum Knott and John Peerless were awarded gold, with Denis Tsvetkov and Eduardo Abend picking up bronze in the mechatronics category. The Middlesex mobile robotics team, Mohammed Yussuf and Luke Bennett, also scooped silver in their category.
The WorldSkills UK competition took place from 14 – 16 November at the NEC Birmingham at The Skills Show, the UK’s largest skills and careers event. The 70 skills categories of the competition ranged from Forensic Science to Mechanical Engineering, and saw the Middlesex students compete among more than 700 students and apprentices.
Gold medallist Design Engineering student Calum Knott said: “We had trained hard, but faced tough competition, so it felt well-deserved to have won a gold medal. We’re now trained to industry standard which will help us in our careers in the future.”
Skills and Enterprise Minister Matthew Hancock said: “Congratulations to all of this year’s winners. Skills are vital to the future of our country and it’s great to see so many talented young people taking part and demonstrating their expertise. I hope the winners will inspire others to begin learning a new skill which could lead to a new career and then to become the stars of tomorrow.”
Middlesex University students were also on hand at the event to demonstrate a range of skills to visitors, including in areas of the natural sciences and how mechatronic systems work.
Due to their success some of the Middlesex competitors will be eligible to compete for a place in the team that will represent the UK at WorldSkills Sao Paulo 2015. The WorldSkills Competition takes place every two years in cities around the globe and is the largest international skills competition.
Photo: Gold medallists Calum Knott (left) and John Peerless